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Brenda Gael Smith


About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, I capture the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

One of my textile paintings Reforestation is on exhibition in Art Quilt Australia 2021 at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale Victoria from 7 August to 31 October 2021.

Learn with Brenda!

Join Brenda for 3-hour live, interactive workshops optimised for the Zoom platform. These classes are standalone or you can pick and choose your own series.

  • Strip Ease: 5-8am Thursday 5 August 🇺🇸🇨🇦
  • Geometricks: 5-8am Wednesday 11 August 🇺🇸🇨🇦
  • FUNdamentally Circles: 5am-8am Wednesday 8 September 🇺🇸🇨🇦

In addition, the four module Abstraction in Action workshop runs from 5-8am 25/26 August, 9 and 30 September 🇺🇸🇨🇦

Booking form: Learn with Brenda!

Global Quilt Connection

Gobal Quil ConnectionCheck out the Global Quilt Connection which showcases teachers from around the world available for virtual workshops, on-demand classes and presentations.